Richland Named Distinguished School

Principal and Teacher The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Federal Programs is honoring Richland Elementary School for being named a Title I Distinguished School for 2016-2017.  This marks the fifth consecutive year that Richland Elementary School has earned this prestigious recognition.

Richland Elementary received the honor because it ranked in the top five percent of Title I Schools in Pennsylvania based on aggregate math and English language arts scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs).  To receive this honor, schools had to show high achievement on the PSSAs, while qualifying for financial assistance through the Federal Title I program.

Richland is one of approximately 1,800 schools in PA that qualify for Title I funding.  Principal Gene Nicastro attributes the continued success to the supportive families in the community, attentive students, and a focused and determined staff who strives to meet students’ needs.  

“This recognition serves as a symbol of the quality work that we do for students on a daily basis, and it reinforces our commitment to focus on learning for every student every day,” said Dr. Nicastro. “Additionally, it reminds us of the importance of knowing the whole child, building positive relationships with students, fostering resiliency, and focusing on continuous improvement through achievement and growth.  Again, congratulations to all RES students, parents, and staff members.  This recognition is truly for the entire Richland family.”    

Richland Elementary will be highlighted at the 2017 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference ceremony on January 30, 2016 as a 2016-17 Distinguished Title I School.  

Photo Above: Principal Gene Nicastro is shown with Melinda Bell, and Donna Faux.  They are the Title I reading specialists at Richland Elementary School.